A slant board typically consists of a flat surface positioned at an angle with clips or anchors to hold materials (such as paper) in place. There are a large range of sizes and angles available, some are more complicate in their construction with others being adjustable for steeper angles, as in the example of a slanted calligraphy writing board.
Benefits of using a slant boards
The angled position of the slant board gives better positioning of the shoulder, arm and hand. It therefore provides a better position to work such skills as writing and drawing. The boards position locates the paper closer making it easier to see the letters or drawing. It also allows for a better pen grip and the angled position that the slant board provides allows for better support for holding a pen appropriately.
Calligraphy writing on a flat surface puts your body posture in an uncomfortable position, as seen through a slumped body position, elevated shoulders, and looking down consistently. Whereas the slant board brings the line of vision higher, which encourages looking upwards to promote an upright and more relaxed posture.
Note: Having your workpiece on a slant may help reduce eye strain.
Note: There are many slant boards on the market to choose from! the best choice are the ones made from stable materials and with an adjustable slant.
Make your own Slant Board
A slant board is not a complicated piece of equipment and can easily be made at home. Below are a few examples using everyday materials.:
From a 3 ring binder: Find an old 3 ring binder. The size of the binder will determine the slant angle, so you may need to try different sizes to see what works best for you.
Note: if you want a steeper angle you can always tape several binders together .
You can then place your paper on top or use tape to hold the paper in place, or even attach a clipboard to the binder using hot glue or velcro strips.
Using a cardboard box: You can use either the top or bottom of the boxes that bulk copy paper comes in.
Cut the edges to form the angle as shown, then tape into place on your table to prevent movement when in use.
Modifying a clipboard: Use an old clipboard, drill two holes about 1 1/2″ from each end as shown, then attach it to the PVC tube using screws.
Note: The angle is determined by the size of the PVC pipe
You can also glue some non-skid matting to the bottom of the PVC tube to stop it sliding around as you work.
Although there are many pre-made writing slant boards available for purchase, sometimes just making something useful from everyday items that you have around your home has its own appeal and enjoyment.